Physician behaviors that correlate with patient satisfaction

L. M. Comstock, E. M. Hooper, J. M. Goodwin, James Goodwin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

185 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The behavior of 15 internal medicine residents, each with 10 patients, was observed through a one-way mirror. Ratings by the patients of satisfaction with their physicians were also obtained. Patient satisfaction correlated strongly with ratings for physician courtesy and information-giving, Nonverbal behaviors such as eye contact, bodily positioning, and physical contact did not correlate with patient satisfaction. The correlations between physician behavior and patient satisfaction did not hold for the four women physicians studied. The behavior of 15 internal medicine residents at the University of New Mexico Hospital, each with 10 patients, was observed through a 1-way mirror and the 150 patients rated their satisfaction with their physician. The mean ratings of patient satisfaction were between 6 and 7 on a 7-point scale. Satisfaction ratings did not vary significantly between male or female patients or between Hispanics and Anglos, although patients under 40 years of age tended to provide lower ratings than those over this age. Patient satisfaction correlated highly with physician courtesy (formal greeting and formal closure of the interview) and with information giving. Listening behavior also correlated with patient satisfaction. Physician empathy correlated only weakly with patient satisfaction, while physical attention (eye contact and body positioning) did not correlate at all with this factor. Additional factors that were not significant determinants of patient satisfaction in this study included the physical appearance of the physician, the total time of physician-patient interaction, and the amount of physical contact between patient and physician. There were no significant differences between male and female physicians in the mean ratings of caring behaviors or satisfaction. The satisfaction scores of male patients with female physicians were the same as patients of either sex with male physicians; however, female patients expressed greater satisfaction with their female physicians than did male patients with female physicians or female patients with male physicians. This study confirms the findings of earlier investigators that patient satisfaction is beneficially influenced by friendliness and information provision on the part of the physician.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume57
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

physician
rating
contact
medicine
resident
empathy
Mexico
determinants

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Consumer satisfaction
  • Female
  • Human
  • Male
  • Middle age
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Patient compliance
  • Physician-patient relations
  • Physicians, women
  • Questionnaires
  • Sex factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

Cite this

Comstock, L. M., Hooper, E. M., Goodwin, J. M., & Goodwin, J. (1982). Physician behaviors that correlate with patient satisfaction. Academic Medicine, 57(2), 105-112.

Physician behaviors that correlate with patient satisfaction. / Comstock, L. M.; Hooper, E. M.; Goodwin, J. M.; Goodwin, James.

In: Academic Medicine, Vol. 57, No. 2, 1982, p. 105-112.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Comstock, LM, Hooper, EM, Goodwin, JM & Goodwin, J 1982, 'Physician behaviors that correlate with patient satisfaction', Academic Medicine, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 105-112.
Comstock LM, Hooper EM, Goodwin JM, Goodwin J. Physician behaviors that correlate with patient satisfaction. Academic Medicine. 1982;57(2):105-112.
Comstock, L. M. ; Hooper, E. M. ; Goodwin, J. M. ; Goodwin, James. / Physician behaviors that correlate with patient satisfaction. In: Academic Medicine. 1982 ; Vol. 57, No. 2. pp. 105-112.
@article{194125bb4ff24c36b0aefd3a8018bac2,
title = "Physician behaviors that correlate with patient satisfaction",
abstract = "The behavior of 15 internal medicine residents, each with 10 patients, was observed through a one-way mirror. Ratings by the patients of satisfaction with their physicians were also obtained. Patient satisfaction correlated strongly with ratings for physician courtesy and information-giving, Nonverbal behaviors such as eye contact, bodily positioning, and physical contact did not correlate with patient satisfaction. The correlations between physician behavior and patient satisfaction did not hold for the four women physicians studied. The behavior of 15 internal medicine residents at the University of New Mexico Hospital, each with 10 patients, was observed through a 1-way mirror and the 150 patients rated their satisfaction with their physician. The mean ratings of patient satisfaction were between 6 and 7 on a 7-point scale. Satisfaction ratings did not vary significantly between male or female patients or between Hispanics and Anglos, although patients under 40 years of age tended to provide lower ratings than those over this age. Patient satisfaction correlated highly with physician courtesy (formal greeting and formal closure of the interview) and with information giving. Listening behavior also correlated with patient satisfaction. Physician empathy correlated only weakly with patient satisfaction, while physical attention (eye contact and body positioning) did not correlate at all with this factor. Additional factors that were not significant determinants of patient satisfaction in this study included the physical appearance of the physician, the total time of physician-patient interaction, and the amount of physical contact between patient and physician. There were no significant differences between male and female physicians in the mean ratings of caring behaviors or satisfaction. The satisfaction scores of male patients with female physicians were the same as patients of either sex with male physicians; however, female patients expressed greater satisfaction with their female physicians than did male patients with female physicians or female patients with male physicians. This study confirms the findings of earlier investigators that patient satisfaction is beneficially influenced by friendliness and information provision on the part of the physician.",
keywords = "Adult, Consumer satisfaction, Female, Human, Male, Middle age, Nonverbal communication, Patient compliance, Physician-patient relations, Physicians, women, Questionnaires, Sex factors",
author = "Comstock, {L. M.} and Hooper, {E. M.} and Goodwin, {J. M.} and James Goodwin",
year = "1982",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "57",
pages = "105--112",
journal = "Academic Medicine",
issn = "1040-2446",
publisher = "Lippincott Williams and Wilkins",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Physician behaviors that correlate with patient satisfaction

AU - Comstock, L. M.

AU - Hooper, E. M.

AU - Goodwin, J. M.

AU - Goodwin, James

PY - 1982

Y1 - 1982

N2 - The behavior of 15 internal medicine residents, each with 10 patients, was observed through a one-way mirror. Ratings by the patients of satisfaction with their physicians were also obtained. Patient satisfaction correlated strongly with ratings for physician courtesy and information-giving, Nonverbal behaviors such as eye contact, bodily positioning, and physical contact did not correlate with patient satisfaction. The correlations between physician behavior and patient satisfaction did not hold for the four women physicians studied. The behavior of 15 internal medicine residents at the University of New Mexico Hospital, each with 10 patients, was observed through a 1-way mirror and the 150 patients rated their satisfaction with their physician. The mean ratings of patient satisfaction were between 6 and 7 on a 7-point scale. Satisfaction ratings did not vary significantly between male or female patients or between Hispanics and Anglos, although patients under 40 years of age tended to provide lower ratings than those over this age. Patient satisfaction correlated highly with physician courtesy (formal greeting and formal closure of the interview) and with information giving. Listening behavior also correlated with patient satisfaction. Physician empathy correlated only weakly with patient satisfaction, while physical attention (eye contact and body positioning) did not correlate at all with this factor. Additional factors that were not significant determinants of patient satisfaction in this study included the physical appearance of the physician, the total time of physician-patient interaction, and the amount of physical contact between patient and physician. There were no significant differences between male and female physicians in the mean ratings of caring behaviors or satisfaction. The satisfaction scores of male patients with female physicians were the same as patients of either sex with male physicians; however, female patients expressed greater satisfaction with their female physicians than did male patients with female physicians or female patients with male physicians. This study confirms the findings of earlier investigators that patient satisfaction is beneficially influenced by friendliness and information provision on the part of the physician.

AB - The behavior of 15 internal medicine residents, each with 10 patients, was observed through a one-way mirror. Ratings by the patients of satisfaction with their physicians were also obtained. Patient satisfaction correlated strongly with ratings for physician courtesy and information-giving, Nonverbal behaviors such as eye contact, bodily positioning, and physical contact did not correlate with patient satisfaction. The correlations between physician behavior and patient satisfaction did not hold for the four women physicians studied. The behavior of 15 internal medicine residents at the University of New Mexico Hospital, each with 10 patients, was observed through a 1-way mirror and the 150 patients rated their satisfaction with their physician. The mean ratings of patient satisfaction were between 6 and 7 on a 7-point scale. Satisfaction ratings did not vary significantly between male or female patients or between Hispanics and Anglos, although patients under 40 years of age tended to provide lower ratings than those over this age. Patient satisfaction correlated highly with physician courtesy (formal greeting and formal closure of the interview) and with information giving. Listening behavior also correlated with patient satisfaction. Physician empathy correlated only weakly with patient satisfaction, while physical attention (eye contact and body positioning) did not correlate at all with this factor. Additional factors that were not significant determinants of patient satisfaction in this study included the physical appearance of the physician, the total time of physician-patient interaction, and the amount of physical contact between patient and physician. There were no significant differences between male and female physicians in the mean ratings of caring behaviors or satisfaction. The satisfaction scores of male patients with female physicians were the same as patients of either sex with male physicians; however, female patients expressed greater satisfaction with their female physicians than did male patients with female physicians or female patients with male physicians. This study confirms the findings of earlier investigators that patient satisfaction is beneficially influenced by friendliness and information provision on the part of the physician.

KW - Adult

KW - Consumer satisfaction

KW - Female

KW - Human

KW - Male

KW - Middle age

KW - Nonverbal communication

KW - Patient compliance

KW - Physician-patient relations

KW - Physicians, women

KW - Questionnaires

KW - Sex factors

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84947646986&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84947646986&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 7057429

AN - SCOPUS:84947646986

VL - 57

SP - 105

EP - 112

JO - Academic Medicine

JF - Academic Medicine

SN - 1040-2446

IS - 2

ER -